Jobs added in first quarter
In the first quarter of 2018 the total number of jobs increased by 56 000 from the previous quarter, bringing the total number of persons employed in the formal non-agricultural sector to 9 838 000. According to the figures from the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) Survey, the formal sector jobs rose year-on-year... Read more
CWP being up-scaled for bigger impact
Deputy President David Mabuza says government is working towards reconfiguring the Community Works Programme (CWP) to ensure that it has a bigger impact on reducing poverty. “For as long as our economy is not generating sufficient number of jobs to absorb the majority of the poor and unemployed, government... Read more
Coega selected from 3 500 SEZs around the world as a template of success
The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), located in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, has been selected as one of seven examples of success out of thousands of SEZs around the world, in a World Bank-financed research study into what makes economic zones successful. By current estimates, there are approximately... Read more
Volvo invests R25 m to YES initiative
Responding to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s “Thuma Mina” initiative, the Volvo Group Southern Africa is introducing a Youth Employment Initiative. The global Swedish automobile giant hopes that the initiative, unveiled on Saturday in its assembly plant in Durban, will help address South Africa’s high unemployment rate among the youth. Since 2015,... Read more
Nearly 150 000 vacant positions in public sector
The Public Service Commission (PSC) says in the last quarter of 2017, a total of 148 775 posts were vacant in the public sector. In the same reporting period, there were 1 305 458 posts in the public sector and 1 156 683 were filled. Releasing the PSC’s report... Read more
President Ramaphosa to launch Youth Employment Service
President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to meet the first 100 young people to participate in the Youth Employment Service (YES) programme which he will launch on Tuesday. “The YES initiative aims to see more than one million young South Africans being offered paid work experience over the next three... Read more
Over 680 000 employed in tourism sector
The tourism sector employed 686 596 persons in 2016, Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke said on Monday. This, according to Maluleke, is an increase of 2.7% percent or 17 945 employees compared to 2015. According to Stats SA, the tourism sector share of total employment increased from 4.2% in 2015 to 4.4% in... Read more
President welcomes YES initiative
Amid preparations by government to upskill the youth through the launch of the Youth Employment Service (YES), President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the commitment to public-private partnerships. “Government is prepared to work with the private sector as partners in creating value and solving key problems facing the country. YES... Read more
SARS appoints acting Chief Officer
Mark Kingon has been appointed as acting Chief Officer of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) following the resignation of Jonas Makwakwa. Kingon, who has been with the revenue service for close to 34 years, has been appointed to temporarily fill the post of Chief Officer: Business and Individual... Read more
Slight dip in quarterly employment numbers
Employment decreased by 34 000 quarter-on-quarter, from 9 651 000 in March 2017 to 9 617 000 in June 2017, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) announced on Thursday. Releasing the Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) for June, Stats SA said the dip was largely due to decreases in manufacturing 13... Read more